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Public Art Commission Displays Black Artists’ Work at City Hall

Three art pieces from the Black Arts and Music Festival held a year ago at Ames Public Library are now on display in the front lobby of Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. The pieces were recommended for acquisition into the City of Ames art collection by the Ames Public Art Commission and were approved for purchase by the Ames City Council. “Ladies Of Summer,” by Juliana Jones, is hand cut paper; “Goodnight Moon,” by Jamila Johnson, is drypoint and watercolor; and “We Shall Overcome,” also by Jamila Johnson, is reductive woodcut.

Ames Public Library hosted the Black Arts and Music Festival on Feb. 8 and 9, 2020. This two-day, family-friendly event celebrated the artistic and cultural contributions of African and African American visual and performing artists in the community. This first-ever event was provided in partnership with Ames Public Library, Ames Branch of the NAACP, ISU College of Design, ISU Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Ames Community Arts Council, Ames Public Arts Commission, with the support of Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

“We are so pleased to be able to acquire and display art from these exceptional local artists,” said Public Art Commission chairperson Sara Sherman. “The Public Art Commission encourages community members to visit City Hall to view these works.”

The art will be on display in the front lobby of City Hall during the month of February. After the display concludes, the art will remain as part of the City’s public art collection for display within City facilities.

The Public Art Commission is made up of citizens appointed by the Mayor for the purpose of establishing public art philosophy and developing a public art plan for the City, monitoring the public art budget and recommending funding allocations for public art within City facilities, developing guidelines for selecting artwork, seeking private and governmental funding for public art, and developing educational, promotional projects for public arts programming.

Contact:
Brian Phillips, Assistant City Manager/Public Art Commission staff liaison, brian.phillips@cityofames.org, 515.239.5101
Susan Gwiasda, Public Relations Officer, susan.gwiasda@cityofames.org, 515.239.5204

Submitted by City of Ames

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